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It's #BookTuesday!

Every Tuesday, Queens Library will introduce you to a great book!

Our #BookTuesday pick for August 30 is Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter.

Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and eleven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Lin-Manuel Miranda's groundbreaking ...

Upcoming NYCitizenship Information Sessions

Queens Library has partnered with the NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs to bring you NYCitizenship, a program to assist New Yorkers along the path to citizenship.

Attend our upcoming information sessions with the NYCitizenship attorney to find out how to apply for citizenship easily, the benefits of ...

Join Us at the Discovery Day Street Fair!

Our Children's Library Discovery Center is almost 5 years old—and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than our annual Discovery Day Street Fair!

Children of all ages are invited to join us on Saturday, September 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to check out the CLDC and ...

Live JBA Twitter Chats!

Join us for the next round of Twitter chats from our Job & Business Academy, when experts will answer your career questions live!

Our upcoming topics include:

Job Interviews—How to Talk the Talk: August 31 at 1:30 p.m.

You can use the hashtag #JBAQueens to follow along and join the ...

Adult Learners Program: Pre-Register Now!

Queens Library's Adult Learners Program provides lifelong learning opportunities to address the needs of the diverse and changing populations of Queens through FREE quality educational programs.

The following programs are offered at our seven Adult Learning Centers (located at Central, ...

Our New JBA Brochures

Every month, Queens Library’s Job & Business Academy (JBA) provides our customers with the technology training, small business help, and job-search assistance they need to succeed—all for free.

Now, it’s easier than ever to find out which classes are being offered. Just check the listings in our monthly ...

The 11th Annual StartUP Business Plan Competition!

Got a great idea for a business?

You can get the tools you need to launch your own business and enter a contest to win $10,000 in seed funding!

Thanks to the generous support of Citi Foundation and YouNoodle, the Queens Economic Development Corporation ...

Dreams Start Here: the Queens Library Foundation 2016 Autumn Gala

We cordially invite you to help inspire, educate, and celebrate children at our 2016 Autumn Gala!

The Gala will benefit programs and services for children and adolescents that inspire them to learn, grow, and achieve their dreams.

We will also honor our distinguished guests—the 106th Mayor of the City of New York, ...

Free Movies, Music, E-Books, and More!

Enjoy digital media at home, at work, or on-the-go!

Queens Library is a one-stop shop for tech lovers. Our digital media collection includes thousands of free eBooks, audiobooks, eMagazines, music, movies, and videos.

You can download all of these items to a personal computer, smartphone, pocket PC, PDA, portable media ...

Sep
7
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Tween & Teen Hour

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Don't know what to do with that old t-shirt? Come in and learn how to turn it into a bag. *Please bring in your own t-shirt*


Sep
9
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Family Movie

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Join us for an afternoon of Family Movies
9/9 - Turkey Hollow
9/16 - Quackerz
9/30 - Alpha & Omega - The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Sep
10
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Think Outside The Crayon Box

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Join us for a relaxing morning of adult coloring. All material will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Sep
10
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Saturday Movies @ St. Albans

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Join us for the latest & hottest new releases. "The Jungle Book" is an epic adventure about Mowgli, a man-cub who's been raised by a family of wolves.


Sep
14
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Tween & Teen Hour

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Learn how to make a mini catapult. All supplies will be provided.


Sep
17
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Family Picture Book Time

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3-5 and their parents or other adult caregivers enjoy fingerplays, stories, and related crafts, helping children develop important literacy skills.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Sep
19
5:30PM

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6:30PM

St. Albans Book Discussion

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Join us on selected Mondays of the month as we discuss our latest selection "Another Brooklyn" by Jacqueline Woodson.


Sep
20
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Meet & Create

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Join us as we create fall wreaths with yarn. Preregistration is required to attend this event. Space is limited. All materials will be provided.


Sep
21
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Tween & Teen Hour

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Stressed out from schoolwork and need to clear your mind? Join us for coloring hour.


Sep
23
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Time Bingo

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

If you have the time, you may have bingo! A fun way to learn and review telling time.


Oct
1
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Princeton Review Practice SHSAT/ Parents Guide to the SHSAT

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Teens find out how you will score on a full length practice exam. You'll receive a personal score pinpointing your strengths and weaknesses. Parents find out more about the specialized high school admissions process while your child takes the exam. Registration is required either online at the community library.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Oct
7
11:00AM

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5:00PM

Pink Fridays @ St. Albans: 50 Shades of Pink

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the St. Albans Community is doing its part to honor this diseases's victims and fight against future occurrences. Join us on selected Fridays as we host several events from informative workshops to arts & crafts on Breast Cancer.

10/7 - 50 Shades of Pink. Drop in as we kick off our Pink Fridays . Come in and select from an array of pink nail polish to get you in a festive mood.
This event is open to kids, but must have parental permission!!!


Oct
8
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Color Yourself Pink: Adult Coloring

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, join us for a relaxing morning of adult coloring. All materials will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own.


Oct
14
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Pink Fridays @ St. Albans: Pink Wreath Making

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the St. Albans Community Library is doing its part to honor this disease's victims and fight against future occurrences. Join us on selected Friday's as we host several events from informative workshops to arts and crafts on Breast Cancer Awareness.
10/14 - Pink Wreath Making Craft


Oct
15
11:00AM

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2:00PM

Pink Saturdays @ St. Albans: Paint Yourself Pink with Mr. St. Fort

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month join us for our 2nd Annual Sipping with Circles & Shapes with Mr. St. Fort. and Paint Yourself Pink. Pre-registration is required to attend this event.


Oct
17
5:30PM

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6:30PM

Book Discussion Group: "Here Comes the Sun"

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

In “Here Comes the Sun,” Nicole Dennis-Benn has written the ultimate anti-beach novel. It may take place entirely in Montego Bay, but be not deceived: If you’ve come for palm trees and umbrella drinks, you’ve boarded the wrong plane.


Oct
21
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Pink Fridays @ St. Albans Community Library: Pink Bottle Wrapping

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the St. Albans Community Library is doing its part to honor this disease's victims and fight against future occurrences. 10/12 - Pink Bottle Wrapping - Don't know what to do with those extra wine bottles...well bring them in and we'll show you how to transform them into decorative works of art. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Recommended that you bring your own empty bottle.


Oct
24
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Interested in Foster Care or Adoption?

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Come learn more about what it means to be a foster or adoptive parent. What’s the process? What’s the commitment? Come get all your questions answered by experts from MercyFirst. All are welcome. Come start the conversation!


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The St. Albans Community Library has:

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

  • 11 public computers
  • Free Internet Access
  • Microsoft Office Software
  • Limited free printing.Please contact the library for more details.

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International Language Collections at the St. Albans Community Library include:

  • French
  • Haitian Creole
  • Spanish

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the St. Albans Community Library include:

  • African American fiction and non-fiction
  • Caribbean fiction and non-fiction

 


Child Care / Preschools
Community Board
Community Organizations & Services
Fire Department
Local Hospitals
Local Newspapers
Parks and Playgrounds
Police Department
Post Office
Private / Parochial Schools
Public Elementary Schools
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
Jamaica NAACP Linden Day Care
189-26 Linden Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 978-0400
Montessori Progressive Learning Center, Inc.
195-05 Linden Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 723-3967
Quick Start
118-46 Riverton Street
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 978-0800
fax: (718) 527-7930
True Deliverance Christian Pre-School
188-15 Turin Drive
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 978-0601
  

Community Board
Queens Community Board 12
90-28 161st Street,
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718)658-3308
fax: (718)739-6997
  

Community Organizations & Services
NAACP-Jamaica Branch
189-26 Linden Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 723-3653
Parent Leadership Institute, Alumni Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 120310
St. Albans NY , 11412-0310
phone: (718) 276-4263
fax: (718) 723-4993
St. Albans Civic Improvement Association
P.O. Box 120561
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (646) 373-6087
fax:

Fire Department
Engine 317 Ladder 165 Battalion 54
117-11 196th Street
St. Albans NY , 11412
  

Local Hospitals
Queens Hospital Center
82-68 164th Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-3000
  

Local Newspapers
Queens Chronicle - East Queens Edition
Press of Southeast Queens

Parks and Playgrounds
St. Albans Memorial Park
Merrick Boulevard, 173 Place, Sayers Avenue
Roy Wilkins -- Southen Queens Park
Baisley & Merrick Boulevards, 115Avenue
Locust Manor Playground (PS 15)
192 Street, S/S 121 Avenue
Nautilus Playground
Merrick & Baisley Boulevards, 120 Avenue
  

Police Department
113th Precinct
167-02 Baisley Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11434
phone: (718) 712-7733
  

Post Office
Archie Spigner Post Office
195-04 Linden Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (800) 275-8777 (718) 528-5026
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Allen Christian School (K-8)
171-10 Linden Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 657-1676
fax: (718) 291-7751
True Deliverance Christian School (K-5)
188-15 Turin Drive
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 978-0601
 

Public Elementary Schools
P.S. 15 Jackie Robinson School (K-5)
121-15 Lucas Street
Springfield Gardens NY , 11413
phone: (718) 525-1670
fax: (718) 723-7613
P.S. 36 The St. Albans School (K-5)
187-01 Foch Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 528-1862
fax: (718) 723-6928
Riverton Street Charter School (K-3)
118-34 Riverton Street
St. Albans NY, 11412
phone: (866) 642-3676
PS 118 Lorraine Hansberry School
190-20 109 Road
St. Albans NY, 11412
phone: (718) 465-5538
  

Elected Officials

History

The colonial history of St. Albans is rather vague in as much as it wasn’t until about 1899 that it received its present name. A committee of residents selected the name St. Albans for the railroad station after the English village of the same name in Hertfordshire, England. It is known that it was an early farming community owned by the families of Nicolas Everitt, Benjamin Carpenter, and Everett Remsen.

The St. Albans Golf Club opened in 1919 along Merrick, Linden, and Baisley Boulevards. Addisleigh Park, a beautiful residential section was developed overlooking the golf course in 1926.

The post-war boom period, which followed 1920, unprecedented expansion in real estate was responsible for bringing in most of the residents who poured into the area. The creation of the government financing agency for home building in the 1930’s caused another spurt in real estate activity. The sale of the 100-acre St. Albans Golf Club to a building organization in the 1930s for a housing development did not materialize. The U.S. government acquired the property and the Department of Defense built the St. Albans Naval Hospital. The buildings and grounds are an architectural asset to the community. When the hospital closed in 1974, the Veterans Administration converted the facility into an extended care center. Fifty-three acres were given to the City of New York in 1977 which developed the Roy Wilkins Park.

During the 1940s, the population became more ethnically diverse as Lena Horne, Count Basie, Fats Waller, Roy Campanella, and other prominent African-Americans moved into Addisleigh Park. By the early 1970s, St. Albans was considered an African American community; during the 1980s, immigrants from the Caribbean, Africa, and the United Kingdom settled in the community.

Seyfried, Vincent, “St. Albans” The Encyclopedia of New York City, Yale University Press, 1995:1032-1033.

The Library in St. Albans has a unique history. Then, as now, community involvement has factored into the design and delivery of library services to the residents of St. Albans. On July 16th, 1918, the St. Albans Library was established as a small library called a village collection utilizing the services of volunteers. The Ladies Society and Red Cross workers spearheaded the project. The lending collection was housed in a small room in the Ladies Social Club building on Baisley Boulevard near Farmers Boulevard. Books were given out each week on Wednesdays.

The Library was taken over by Queens Borough Public Library in 1920 and also became a station collection the same year. The club house building was sold and the volunteer librarian relocated. The Library faced closure. The Mother’s Club of P.S. 36 came to the rescue. A small bunkhouse which looked like a “lunch wagon” was purchased and made into an attractive library. It was a small building on wheels. The use of a lot on a street very near the railroad station was donated by the owner. The building opened in January 1922. The wagon was used at this site for several years, until development in the area necessitated the moving of the wagon to a new location on Everitt Place where the lot was rent free.

In July 1931, the Library moved to a storefront at 187-10 Linden Boulevard and became a full-fledged branch.

On February 5, 1947, the library received a certificate of registration from the Board of Regents of the State of New York.

The building of the present site, 191-05 Linden Boulevard was erected in 1968. This facility was designed by an African-American architect, Frank Thompson. The city owned building was dedicated on March 10th, 1969.

Special Services

Queens Library HealthLink

 

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately one of two American men and one of three American women will have some type of cancer at some point during their lifetime. Queens Library HealthLink seeks to increase access to cancer screening and cancer treatment among medically underserved communities in Queens. Queens Library HealthLink is a partnership between Queens Library, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Queens Cancer Center of Queens Hospital and the American Cancer Society.